Discover Real Beijing Craftsmanship
This pedestrian street is a relatively recent revamp of a traditional shopping street. But while the trolley is fun, most of the traditional shops had to leave the main drag, as rents were purportedly too high. Squeeze into side streets to glimpse time-honored products like cloth shoes at Neiliansheng, silks at Ruifuxiang, and Chinese traditional medicine at Tongrentang Pharmacy. Most of these time-honored Beijing brands are clustered on Dashilan Hutong, which is also full of historical buildings that beautifully combine Chinese and Western architectural features.
By Lisa Gay